Sundance: Paramount, Magnolia Team Up to Distribute 'Happy Christmas'

Borys Kit
The Hollywood Reporter

Paramount Pictures and Magnolia Pictures are teaming up to pick up the distribution rights to the Anna Kendrick-Lena Dunham dramedy Happy Christmas.

The movie, written and directed by Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies), will premiere Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival.

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In a unique pairing, Magnolia will take care of U.S. theatrical and VOD releasing while Paramount, through Paramount Home Media Distribution, is taking physical home entertainment rights as well as all international rights. Magnolia is eyeing a summer 2014 release.

The movies, according to the announcement made jointly by the companies, sees Kendrick as an irresponsible 20-something who comes to Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff (Swanberg), a young filmmaker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and their two-year-old son. Jenny’s arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson (Dunham) instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family’s babysitter/pot dealer (Mark Webber). 

Swanberg and Peter Gilbert produced the movie while Alicia Van Couvering co-produced.

Magnolia released Swanberg's Drinking Buddies, which also starred Kendrick.